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Friday, September 29, 2017

Washington, DC - Ray Noll, Humane Rescue Alliance’s Field Services Chief and Longtime Animal Welfare Professional, Has Died

The Washington, DC community has lost a long time public servant and the animals of the nation’s capital have lost a champion.  Ray Noll, Vice President of Field Services for the Humane Rescue Alliance, passed away Thursday at the age of 55.   

“Ray Noll’s impact on our city and our organization is immeasurable,” said Humane Rescue Alliance President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine.  “His death is unimaginable to us and is an incalculable loss to our organization.  Ray was responsible for saving the lives of literally thousands of animals, personally and through our programs.  He was a respected and beloved leader of HRA and his death is devastating to our team.”

Noll led the Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement divisions for HRA, including animal control officers, animal control investigators, humane law enforcement officers, dispatchers, and wildlife specialists.  Noll’s dedicated team served the 600,000 residents and 1.9 million annual visitors of Washington, DC, responding to more than 12,000 calls for assistance each year.  Those calls included care for sick or injured wild animals, dogs running loose and cases of animal abuse and neglect.

Noll, who joined the Humane Rescue Alliance (then the Washington Humane Society) five years ago as the Director of Animal Control Field Services, brought unmatched qualifications to his position.  Experience as an EMT, longtime humane law enforcement officer, and K-9 officer complemented his love of all animals, making him an ideal candidate to lead the Field Services division when he arrived.

Prior to joining HRA, Noll was the Chief of Special Police at the World Bank, continuing a career in law enforcement and emergency management that began 13 years ago.  

A native of New Jersey, Noll is survived by his two children, Samantha and RJ, and his girlfriend Lori Mayer.

About the Humane Rescue Alliance:              
The Humane Rescue Alliance has protected and served the animals of the community for more than 145 years and serves more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care and control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. The organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals, bringing people and animals together, and working with all communities to support these relationships.  HRA is based in Washington, DC, the only major urban area in the country that has all of its animal protection programs and services unified in one organization, making the Humane Rescue Alliance a model for the nation.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Breathtaking Shots of King Penguins Marching in Golden Sunrise

Wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, 45, visited the Falkland Islands this Year to shoot pictures and scout the area for future tours.

Wim’s breathtaking images show a small group of king penguins before they head out to sea at sunrise. Wim said: “The sunrise created beautiful vibrant colors and amazing reflections. I feel as though the pictures awaken a sense of awe for the beauty of these king penguins and the remote Falkland Islands.”

“I was photographing this scene while lying flat in the surf early morning. After 15 minutes or so I was completely soaked from head to toe in icy seawater, losing feeling in my hands and feet.

To read more on this story, click here: Breathtaking Shots of King Penguins Marching in Golden Sunrise


Did You Know that Dogs See the World Differently than Humans?

The reason lies within the eye. In the eye are light receptors called cones and rods. Cones help us distinguish different colors, while rods help us see in dim light.

The number of cones and rods is different for dogs.

Turns out, dogs have fewer cone receptors than humans, which means they can't see as many colors. Human cones can detect 3 colors: red, green, and blue.

Dog cones can only detect 2 colors. No one is certain what those 2 colors are. Some experts think it could be blue and yellow.

Alexandra Horowitz, author of "Being a Dog" told us that it's difficult to know exactly what colors a dog sees, but it's probably similar to what we see at dusk.

Dog eyes have more rods than humans, which means they can see much better at night. Dogs also have a layer of eye tissue that humans lack called the tapetum lucidum, it reflects light into the retina.

This boosts dogs' night vision even more and is why dogs' eyes shine in the dark. Turns out, dogs' eyes see much more than just black and white.

Consider that the next time you stare into those cute puppy dog eyes.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

An Arizona Man was Hospitalized After Surviving a Rattlesnake Bite to the Face While Attempting to Cook it on a Barbecue Grill

Phoenix, Arizona  - A man was hospitalized after surviving a rattlesnake bite to the face while trying to show off to friends at a party by attempting to cook the reptile on a barbecue grill.

Victor Pratt, 48, was bitten Sept. 7. He was first treated at a hospital near his Coolidge, Ariz., home and then transferred to Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix. Coolidge is nearly 60 miles southeast of Phoenix.

While celebrating his child's birthday with friends, Pratt said he decided to show them how to catch and cook a rattlesnake after one of the reptiles showed up in his yard during the party.

Pratt, who was interviewed Friday, grabbed the venomous snake and was showing it off to friends and family, posing for several photos. But he lost his grip on the snake's head, and it attacked him.

After being bit twice, once on the chest and once on the face, Pratt said he knew immediately that something was wrong, having been bitten once before when he was 19.

"I said, 'We gotta go now,' because I knew what was going to happen," Pratt said.

He was taken immediately to a local hospital, which doctors said saved his life. He also has received doses of antivenom.

"If an airway is not established in the first few minutes, in our experience less than 15 to 30 minutes, then those patients really don't have a chance to survive,'' said Dr. Steven Curry, Banner hospital's toxicology director.

Curry said getting a tube inserted into the patient's airway is vital, especially in face bites.

"If they can get their airway established, they're very lucky," Curry said. "That is, you're lucky to have been bitten and been able to make it to the hospital in just a few minutes in order to have those emergency procedures done that are needed to save your life."

Pratt was sedated as the procedure was being done, and remained that way for five days, including when he was transferred to the Phoenix hospital.

"I lost five days of memory," Pratt said. "I didn't know where I was for five days."

This kind of memory loss is common, Curry said, because the drugs needed to keep a patient under prevent memories from forming. For their own safety, patients with face bites are kept heavily sedated, and have their hands wrapped in large, bulky bandages to prevent them from pulling out the endotracheal tube.

"(If) that endotracheal tube would come out, because of severe neck swelling, it would be difficult or impossible to immediately put it back in or immediately perform ... an emergency tracheotomy," Curry said. "Because if that tube were to come out, then we would expect that they would be in very big trouble immediately, and perhaps might even die in four to five minutes."

Curry said rattlesnake bites are divided into two categories: bites where the victim didn't know there was a snake or tried to get away, or those where the person recognized there was a snake present but did not immediately try to get away.

Most bites, he said, are the latter kind.

Rattlesnake venom is toxic and can cause swelling, paralysis and numbness at the site of the bite, damaging the tissue. It can cause a person's airwaves to swell to the point of blocking air, and cause internal bleeding.

Curry said seeking medical care quickly is critical, noting that home treatments are a mistake.

"First-aid measures such as tourniquets, ice, incisions or taking the time to apply suctions ... are dangerous and harmful," he said. "Or completely ineffective, as in the case of suction."

The common denominator across all snake-bite deaths in Arizona, he said, was the victim not receiving medical attention immediately.

Often, this is because the victim is out hiking, or in an area far from civilization, Curry said. But in other cases, it's because they thought they could treat themselves.

Banner Hospital treats, on average, 70 snake-bite victims a year, Curry said. While face bites such as Pratt's make up less than 1% of them, they are often the most serious.

Pratt, however, said he was done dealing with the venomous reptiles.

"Ain't gonna play with snakes no more," he said.


Would You Pay $7 to Hang Out with House Cats at the Crescent City Cat Club?

Eshyah Selig is a former real estate appraiser and devoted cat person with a plan. In roughly one month she'll unveil the Crescent City Cat Club, a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing New Orleans cat lovers and homeless kitties together for companionship, comfort, fun and possible adoption.

Here's how it's supposed to work.

Let's say you adore cats, but your house mate is allergic. Let's say you're on an extended business trip and miss your tabby back home. Let's say you can't commit to the long-term care of a pet. Let's say you just want more, and more, and more cuddly contact with our whiskery friends.

"For a lot of cat people," Selig said, "their idea of heaven is hanging out with cats."

Selig hopes such cat people will make their way to the Marigny neighborhood, where she's busily converting a shotgun double into a kitty visiting center. For $7, guests will be able to stand at the glass windows in the kitten room, where they can watch staff members bottle-feed newborns in need of mothering.

To read more on this story, click here:  Would You Pay $7 to Hang Out with House cats at the Crescent City Cat Club?


Three Decades After Being Pushed to the Brink of Extinction, the California Condor is Making a Comeback in the Wild

Big Sur, California - In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the sky before perching on branches and observing their observers. Wildlife biologist Amy List uses a handheld antenna to track the birds, which wear radio transmitters and numbered tags.

"If we don't know what they're doing, we don't know what's going wrong," said List, who works for the Ventana Wildlife Society, which manages the condor sanctuary in Big Sur.

Three decades after being pushed to the brink of extinction, the California condor is making a comeback in the wild, but constant vigilance is needed to ensure the endangered bird doesn't reverse course.

One of the world's largest birds with a wingspan up to 10 feet, the condor once patrolled the sky from Mexico to British Columbia. But its population plummeted in the 20th century due to lead poisoning, hunting and habitat destruction.

In 1987, wildlife officials captured the last remaining 22 condors and took them to the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos to be protected and bred in captivity.

Those efforts have led to a slow but steady recovery for a species that reproduces slowly compared with other birds. There are now roughly 450 condors, including about 270 in the wild in California, Arizona, Utah and northeastern Mexico.

Plans also are underway to release some captive-bred condors in Redwood National Park in 2019 to establish a population near the California-Oregon border.

Federal officials said in August that for the first time in nearly 40 years, condors were roosting in the Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, expanding to their historical range in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Another milestone was reached this summer: the first "third generation" condor was born in the wild in California since the 1980s.

"We're seeing very encouraging results that the condors can become self-sustaining again," said Kelly Sorenson, who heads the conservation group.

While condors still face threats from exposure to mercury and the pesticide DDT, biologists say the biggest danger is lead ammunition, which can poison the scavengers when they eat dead animals shot with lead bullets. California banned the use of lead ammunition near condor feeding grounds in 2008 and will be the first state to ban lead bullets in all hunting in 2019.

"We're already starting to see fewer lead deaths. The condors are surviving longer. Their blood-lead levels are coming down," Sorenson said.

Some gun owners complain that copper bullets are more expensive and less effective than lead and point to other possible sources of lead, such as paint and metal garbage.

"Condors are getting lead poisoning. The question is, are they getting it from lead ammunition?" said Chuck Michel, president of the California Pistol and Rifle Association.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo celebrated the birth of its 200th condor this year.

"While we were caring for the birds, trying to protect them and provide sanctuary, we were literally writing the book how you propagate a species, how you genetically manage it and prepare it for release back in the wild," Michael Mace, the zoo's birds curator.

After up to a year at the zoo, chicks are taken to a release site such as the Big Sur sanctuary, where a flock has grown to about 90 condors that travel between Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park. They scavenge, breed and raise chicks on their own, under the close watch of List, the wildlife biologist, and her colleagues.

"I hope that I'm out of a job soon because condors don't need to be managed in the future," she said. "I hope that they're self-sustaining and wild and free, and nobody needs to trap or tag or monitor them at all."


‘I Can Still Hug My Kids’: Mother-of-Three Paralyzed Trying to Save Kitten Stuck in Tree

A mother-of-three has been left paralyzed after she climbed a tree to save her new kitten and fell on an exposed root.

Rachel Maree, from Perth, is recovering in hospital after the horrific accident earlier this week and said she's been told she "may never use her legs again."

"I'm pretty drugged up and in extreme pain," the 30-year-old wrote on Facebook. "[I have] a long recovery ahead and plenty of rehab.

To read more on this story, click here: ‘I Can Still Hug My Kids’: Mother-of-Three Paralyzed Trying to Save Kitten Stuck in Tree


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Holiday Inn Refuses to Allow Houston Family Fleeing Floods to Bring Dogs Inside

An IHG Spokesperson contacted us once more to let us know that they are now requiring all their hotel brands in the areas affected by Harvey to allow pets free of charge. They made the following statement:

“Many of IHG’s brands, including Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and many individual Holiday Inn Express® hotels, already are pet friendly. As IHG hotels continue to shelter individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Harvey, IHG has mandated that all its branded hotels in impacted and surrounding areas welcome pets free of charge during disasters. We have and continue to communicate this requirement to all hotels.”

At a time when hundreds of thousands of families are without homes and struggling to survive in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, one Holiday Inn franchise isn’t budging on their “no-pets” policy, refusing to offer shelter to a family’s three dogs.

To read more on this story, click here: Holiday Inn Refuses to Allow Houston Family Fleeing Floods to Bring Dogs Inside


In the Wake of Hurricane Irma, The Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Opened Their Doors to Nearly 900 Four-Legged Friends

The Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida is proud to be a pet-friendly hotel, but they took hospitality to a whole new level in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

With thousands of displaced families seeking shelter from the damage and catastrophic flooding this past weekend, Hyatt opened their doors to nearly 900 four-legged friends!

Their typical pet policy involves a $150 cleaning fee and restricted access to the property. In order to make the 4,500 human guests and their canine companions feel at home, Hyatt reduced their fees to just $50 per room and offered free reign of the entire hotel.

They even opened up a large media room equipped with a pool table, movies and games to help keep the families entertained. One guest, Mia Gallow, who stayed at the hotel with her Golden Retriever Scout, told the Orlando Sentinel:

“I’m actually from California, so I’m used to earthquakes and fires. This is my first hurricane. It reminds me of that book ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ because there are so many dogs here.”

Several guests took to social media to express their gratitude to the Hyatt chain and the Orlando staff.

“Thanks to the @hyattregencyorlando for your hospitality towards people and the 900 pets during #hurricaneirma,” one Instagrammer wrote.

The post included a photo of her pup cradled in the arms of a hotel employee.

The Hyatt isn’t the only hotel to extend heroic acts of hospitality to weary travelers. Stories of businesses going above and beyond to accommodate displaced Irma victims have been widely shared across social media.


Nina and Edgar Otto Were Not Willing to Accept the Loss of Their Labrador, Sir Lancelot, They Decided to Have Him Cloned

When our beloved pets pass on, this is often a very sad moment for the family involved. There are no words that can be said that will bring the pet back and there is no magic wand to be waved to make the pain go away. All we can do in these instances is keep the animal’s memory alive in our hearts and minds and do our best to carry on in this world without them.

One couple decided that this was not enough and they spent a great deal of money to ensure that their pet would not become a mere memory. Nina and Edgar Otto were not willing to accept the loss of their Labrador without a fight and they made a decision that some would call crazy and others would call downright adorable. They decided to spend a boatload of money to clone the animal.

If you were considering cloning a fallen pet, be sure to remember that this couple was willing to shell out a sum of $150,000 in order to make their dream come true. Once they became aware of the fact that animal cloning would become a viable option, they decided to set aside some of Sir Lancelot’s DNA in order to provide themselves with the ability to do so.

BioArts, a firm in San Francisco, is responsible for this amazing story and they worked in conjunction with a South Korean team at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. The new dog was named Lancelot Encore (because of course it was) and the animal was created by injecting DNA into the eggs of a surrogate pup. This all sounds so high tech, we find ourselves wondering how it is even feasible.

There are many who are vehemently opposed to what this family has done and they believe that the family should have spent this significant sum of money to assist other dogs who are in need or provide a home to those who cannot find one of their own. However, these opinions are all moot and this family is certainly free to spend their money in any way that they see fit. It is not up to any of us in any way.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Florida Officials: Worst Case of Animal Cruelty - More Than 50 Animals Found Tied to Trees as Irma Approaches

West Palm Beach, Florida  -- Officials are calling it animal cruelty like they've never seen before.

As Hurricane Irma’s outer bands inch closer to Florida, animal control officers said they are hustling to rescue abandoned animals.

And these aren't pets who are just being left inside, Director of Animal Care Diane Suave said.

“They are left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles,” she said.

Palm Beach County Animal Care reports animal control officers have rescued 49 dogs and two cats in the last 48 hours.

“Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it’s traveling through 100-plus mph winds,” Sauve said.

Animal control officers were slowly pulled off the road at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sauve said once winds reach a sustained 35 mph, no officers will be permitted to rescue animals.

“We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside,” she said.

Both Sauve and State Attorney Dave Aronberg said they promise to prosecute anyone who left their animals outside to fend for themselves during Hurricane Irma.

“This is a prime example of animal cruelty,” Aronberg said. “We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

Sauve said officials will use every paper trail imaginable to track down animal cruelty offenders.

“It’s unconscionable,” she said. “We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.”


Veterinarians Warning: Certain Types of Grass Could Be Lethal for Your Dog

There’s nothing more enjoyable than having your dog run free in a field of grass. They love being able to explore areas without being attached to a leash and you, the owner, love watching your best friend being in their happy place.

Especially those fields that have patches of nice, tall grass. They can’t help but explore and sniff out those areas. But I’m sad to say that those grass areas could actually be hiding a silent killer that is pretty common.

According to Goodfullness, there are certain types of grass that could actually be not only harmful to your dog but also lethal. It’s so dangerous that Veterinarians recommend to not allow your dog run freely, at least until you investigate the area completely.

So what kind of grass specifically should you watch out for? It’s called the foxtail grass. It can cause a ton of painful wounds.

Goodfullness notes that the dog’s skin will not only be pierced, but their eyes, feet, stomach are also left in serious danger.

The seed awns are incredibly sharp, almost like a needle that can seriously dig into your pet and leave them with painful wounds.

If you own a poodle or any other dog with long fur, they are the most vulnerable to this type of grass.

Avoiding this kind of grass can be pretty difficult because it can be found just about anywhere. Places like vacant lots and disturbed sites are places that pet owners should beware of.

So how does a pet owner know that their dog has been exposed to the foxtail grass? One symptom is constant sneezing or violent head shakes.

Goodfullness also notes that new skin lumps or the animal pawing at its eyes in an excessive way are another signal.

If you’re planning to take your dog to a field, do a thorough check prior and check for symptoms regularly if they are always playing in the tall grass. If you notice the signs, go to the vet immediately.


Maggie May Be The Oldest Dog To Ever Live, Dying At Age 30

Australia lost a very beloved, very old soul today. Maggie, the Australian Kelpie, passed away after having lived for 30 years, according to owner Brian McLaren. She spent her life with him, roaming around their spacious dairy farm.

While most dogs live between 11-15 years of age (and for some lucky ones, a few years more), this amazing pup more than doubled the average life expectancy.

Unfortunately, McLaren lost documentation that specified Maggie’s birth date, so the official world record for the oldest living dog still belongs to Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog that lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months, back in 1939.

To read more on this story, click here: Maggie May Be The Oldest Dog To Ever Live, Dying At Age 30


Palm Beach County Animal Care and the State Attorney's Office: Owners Who Abandoned Animals During Irma Will Face Felony Charges

Meteorologists warned of 100-mile-per-hour winds and severe flooding, but when Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida last weekend, long-gone owners had left dozens of dogs tied up outside to weather the storm frightened and alone.

Now, Palm Beach County Animal Care and the State Attorney's Office are hunting down the people who abandoned their pets during the dangerous hurricane, leaving them not even indoors but chained to trees and even cars.

"They are left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles," Diane Sauve, head of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, told WPTV. Leaving a dog tied up alone is already illegal in the region, but the added danger of the storm qualifies the act as a felony, officials say.

"This is a prime example of animal cruelty," said Dave Aronberg, the state prosecutor for Palm Beach County. "We will find you, and we will prosecute you." While finding these negligent owners will prove a challenge, authorities are working on gathering as much evidence as possible. Sauve stated that they will use every paper trail imaginable to track them down.

PBC animal control officers saved at least 49 dogs and two cats in the lead-up to Irma's arrival, ABC Action News reported, with many more possibly inaccessible to rescuers. In addition to the abandoned pets, the shelter is also working on finding homes for the surrendered dogs and cats relinquished by their owners.

With their facility full with over 100 animals, Palm Beach County Animal Care is currently waiving adoption fees and making fostering even easier. The group is also sending dozens of dogs and cats up north to other shelters to make room for the influx of pets impacted by Irma.

If you'd like to help, the shelter is currently requesting people donate crates, animal carriers and collars, which can be purchased and sent through Amazon. Better yet, consider registering as a foster home. You'll gain a new animal friend and free up space in a shelter for another pet to take its place.


Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She’s Late To Feed Them

Meet Melanie Barboni, an assistant researcher in the UCLA Earth, Planetary and Space Science program, who is also known as the ‘hummingbird whisperer’. She built a community of 200 hummingbirds who live outside her office and come to complain if she’s late to serve their dinner.
Barboni has always been a bit obsessed with hummingbirds – even when she was a child in Switzerland, a country with an almost non-existant population of this species. “My dearest dream as a child was to see hummingbirds. 

Imagine my joy when I found out that my next job assignment would bring me to Los Angeles, where hummingbirds live year-round,” says Barboni.
The woman adds: “I cannot go to a place where they are not there… This is cheesy, but I have seen them help people. They make my life happy. Having a crappy day? Who cares — there are hummingbirds around… Having a good day? Hummingbirds make it better…”

To read more on this story, click here: Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She’s Late To Feed Them


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Pet Groomer in Thailand Posted a Video to YouTube of a Cat Shaved to Look Like a Dinosaur

A pet groomer in Thailand posted a video to YouTube of a cat shaved to look like a dinosaur, claiming that this is currently their most popular kitty hair-do. This isn’t the first cat on the internet groomed to look like a prehistoric beast. In fact, it’s become a bit of a trend. Dinosaur cats can be found all over Instagram and social media. It may look a bit silly and cute, but there are some problems that can arise from grooming a cat this way.

Before you pull out the clippers and start giving your cat the stegosaurus treatment, here are a few things to consider. A cat’s fur coat serves as an insulator that helps them regulate their body temperature, keeping them warm in cold environments, but also protecting them from heat and sunburns. Removing that fur reduces their protection from the elements.

Clipping can also be stressful for cats, so doing it without a need might unnecessarily cause anxiety. Also, the skin underneath a cat’s fur can be delicate and tear more easily without a protective coat, leaving kitties open to injury. The lack of fur can cause dryness and irritation, and the itchiness as the fur grows back can lead to excessive licking and scratching, causing abrasions.

It looks like most of the dino-cats in pictures and videos online aren’t shaved all the way to the skin, so at least they are left with some fur to protect them. Still, it probably feels unusual for the cats that can feel odd patches in their fur that weren’t there before, and it’s really only for the humans’ benefit to see a cat groomed in a silly way.

While having a dino-cat may look cute and sound like fun, it’s best to avoid unnecessary shaving and grooming. There are certain medical needs that require a cat to be shaved, but your vet should be able to advise you on when it is appropriate. Some long-haired breeds also require more grooming to remove matted fur and so they can stay a bit cooler. Again, these are grooming needs, not something that should be done for no good reason.


Washington, DC - Humane Rescue Alliance Names Dr. Joshua Woolsey Chief Medical Officer

Humane Rescue Alliance President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine announced today that the organization has named Dr. Joshua Woolsey to the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Woolsey will oversee the Humane Rescue Alliance Medical Center, HRA’s Spay Neuter Center, the shelter medicine program at the two shelter locations and the care of the companion animals of public clients. He begins his duties immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Joshua Woolsey to the Humane Rescue Alliance,” said LaFontaine. “Dr. Woolsey has deep experience in shelter medicine, animal control, and in wildlife care and his leadership skills will be an integral part of our future success caring for the animals in our region.”

To read more on this story, click here: Humane Rescue Alliance Names Dr. Joshua Woolsey Chief Medical Officer

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Washington, DC - Adopt a Pet from the Humane Rescue Alliance this Weekend (9/2/17 – 9/3/17) and Your Fees Will Be Paid by Nationals’ Max Scherzer and His Wife

Yes, you read it correctly! 

Nationals’ Max Scherzer and His Wife Pitching in to Help Animals Affected by Harvey

Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, are pitching in to help D.C. animal shelters make room for animals affected by Harvey.
Max and Erica are covering adoption fees at both Humane Rescue Alliance adoption centers in D.C. Thursday through Sunday, a spokesman for HRA said. The fee waiver only covers animals currently at the shelters, the spokesman said.

The HRA is among many organizations across the country that are volunteering to accept animals from Texas who became separated from their owners or were homeless strays before the storm.

To read more on this story, click here: Source: Nationals' Max Scherzer and Wife Erica Pitching in to Help Animals Affected by Harvey - NBC4 Washington